Igorrr
Hallelujah


4.5
superb

Review

by Acanthus USER (46 Reviews)
December 28th, 2012 | 55 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Madness is brilliance.

Hallelujah is a melting pot. Much like Unexpect merge unrelated instruments together into a sound all their own, so has Igorrr done with his 2012 offering. Only this is with classical and baroque elements. And industrial with a bit of power noise. And metal.

"Tout Petit Moineau" enters meekly with a subdued piano melody, adding in Italian operatic female vocals, courtesy of Laure Le Prunenec, as the piece slowly develops. At the height of the her voice's power in rush electronic elements, glitching and clicking around and under the beauty of the singers voice. Everything from slight frequency bombs, transpose stretch effects, noise gates, and gabber like beats can be heard here, and though it comes off as gimmicky on paper one absolutely needs to hear the combination to know just how effective it is. Rather than focus on these additions Igorrr throws another skillfully aimed wrench in the works, as Prunenec suddenly is screaming with the ferocity that only a female can produce in the Italian language. The vocals switch back and forth in a call/respond manner, all the while being followed by electronics walking the tightrope between cacophony and structural brilliance. The voices die, and single violin takes up their banner before it too passes away.

Charm and discord can be found throughout Hallelujah's 38 minute length. "Damage Wig" introduces guitar riffage, Dir En Grey-esque screams, and blast beats ala Behemoth while "Absolute Psalm" creates a nightmarish metal track out of innocent French vocals with black metal distortion and a tad of lounge jazz thrown in for good measure. Quite frankly there is never a dull moment on Hallelujah, and for some this will be a deciding factor; to many it will wear on the ears and seem contrived, while to others the result of this audio mayhem will be something they never knew they were looking for but absolutely have to have. Even the interlude "Toothpaste" is filled with discord, recalling moments of a freaky independent art film with its delayed and distorted sound seemingly coming through a long tube as a voice finally calls out "All right!"

Hallelujah is something that will escape most music fans radar, which is a shame because a concept such as this deserves a chance at a slot in their music folders. With a short running length those who find themselves captivated by Igorrr's soundscape will never feel overwhelmed or bored, and if anything will be left wanting more as ending track "Infinite Loop" comes to a close (as ironic as that may seem). From baroque to dubstep the atmosphere found within Igorrr's latest effort is something only a madman could contrive, and it needs to be heard to be believed.



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Acanthus
December 28th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Members of Mayhem, John Zorn’s band and Vladimir Bozar ‘n’ ze Sheraf Orkestär are also present in the
album. God it's amazing.

Sacrlatti 2.0 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yILTEayQmj0

Tout Petit Moineau - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKp30C3MwVk

Absolute Psalm - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUtryO_NHBU

Interview for more info - http://www.adnoiseam.net/adn165

Digging: The Knife - Deep Cuts

Cygnatti
December 28th 2012


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

that 2nd paragraph's formatting got messed up for some reason.

also, nostril was really cool


Acanthus
December 28th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I fixed it, need to check out his other work but this hit me like a sledge hammer.

GiaNXGX
December 28th 2012


4867 Comments


Members of Mayhem, John Zorn’s band and Vladimir Bozar ‘n’ ze Sheraf Orkestär are also present in the album.


Didn't know that, album is fucking awesome as expected.

Acanthus
December 28th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@mry - Yup.

@Gia - Indeed it is!

ITsHxCTOASTER
December 28th 2012


2489 Comments


Glad you're willing to say this just isn't for some people because I gotta say I can't stand Igorrr's stuff. Good review though, pos

Acanthus
December 28th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks ITsHxCTOASTER, I really think this could grate on some people's nerves. Heck I still haven't gone back to Unexpect yet, didn't enjoy their latest release when I first heard it.

GiaNXGX
December 28th 2012


4867 Comments


Great review too, hadn't seen you in a while man.


@ItsHx(whatever)

Glitch-related stuff isn't for everyone but good luck with electro-acoustic improvisation.



inb4 potsy gets her3-

Acanthus
December 28th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been working and browsing a lot of internet, hadn't found the urge to write until I heard this.

GiaNXGX
December 28th 2012


4867 Comments


Legit. Albums like these are the ones that are surely worth writing for. Been working on some free-
form jazz reviews myself, might post them next week.

GiaNXGX
December 28th 2012


4867 Comments


feature[2]

Acanthus
December 28th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Been working on some free-
form jazz reviews myself, might post them next week.


Cool, been digging soulful/lounge music recently.

feature

Doubtful, though the time frame is about right I don't often get featured.

Acanthus
December 28th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hahah guess you'd just have to ask the mods.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2012


4443 Comments


I have a friend who tried to get me into this guy, his music is very bizarre but also very interesting. Good work, Acanthus. Have a POS.

Acanthus
December 28th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Unter Null rec'd this on FB so I decided to check it out, well worth it too as it turns out.

GiaNXGX
December 28th 2012


4867 Comments


Dev. is a mod and judging by his taste he knows this guy deserves more attention so you'll prob get it featured.

Acanthus
December 28th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I always find my writing isn't nearly conducive to being featured as some would like is all.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2012


4443 Comments


He's a very acquired taste, one of those albums you really have to listen to constantly in order to really appreciate it (at least for me).

I was going to ask to get this featured but Gian beat me to it, hopefully you get the spot. You certainly deserve it and the album could use the exposure.

Acanthus
December 28th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really need to check out his other stuff, perhaps this weekend or something. Honestly really looking forward to using this album in my DJ mixes.

Acanthus
December 28th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad you agree!



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